About the pests

There are two main types of economically important fruit fly, larger true fruit flies in the Tephritidae family, and the smaller vinegar flies in the Drosophilidae family which are sometimes also referred to as fruit flies. There are more than 150 species of native fruit fly in Australia but most of these do not attack commercial crops.

The islands of Torres Strait provide a potential pathway for serious pests such as exotic fruit flies to get into Australia from countries to our north.

More information

Fruit flies (Department of Agriculture)

Fijian fruit fly (Plant Health Australia)

Melon fruit fly (Plant Health Australia)

Oriental fruit fly (Plant Health Australia)

Australian Handbook for the Identification of Fruit Flies v3.1 (Fruit Fly ID Australia)

Find a known species (Fruit Fly ID Australia)